A species native to Philippines - endangered in its original range, but very popular as a houseplant.
Common name : Kris plant
Scientific name : Alocasia sanderiana
Family : Araceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
A species native to the Phillipines, with unusually glossy and deeply lobed, slender, v-shaped leaves bearing waved edges, accentuated by the broad silver green midrib and thin outline. White spathe flowers may appear during summer.
Sowing & planting
45 - 500
6 - 7
Identify my kris plant
Alocasia is a cousin of arums. Its fructifications in red berries glued on an erect candle - a spathe - is very similar to that of arums.
The leaves emerge directly from the rhizome, and are borne by a cylindrical petiole. Some species have cut leaves or colored veins. All are green, more or less dark, whole, elongated, sagittal - like an arrowhead - or oval.
Plant my kris plant
For the location, you need a bright place protected from direct sun - especially the afternoon - and away from the heaters. Provide a lot of moisture to your alocasia - bathroom, tropical greenhouse, porch can suit.
Alocasia is a plant with great development, so choose a large pot - minimum 5 liters. For the planting use potting soil for indoor plant - rather woody - or a beautiful compost well decomposed very woody too, very draining. Water copiously with non-calcareous water at planting.
Water my kris plant
Water often and abundantly in the summer, with non-calcareous and non-chlorinated water.
In winter, let the top soil dry slightly before watering.
Put outside my kris plant
In summer, take out your alocasia and place it in the shade.
You should shelter it back before the cold returns.
Shelter my kris plant
Bring your alocasia inside at the end of the summer, find it a bright place protected from direct sun - especially in the afternoon - and away from the heaters.
Fertilize my kris plant
In summer, pour every 2 weeks a liquid fertilizer for green plants - or a good compost juice diluted to 1/10 if you have some!
A slow-release fertilizer is possible ...
Stop every fertilizing in the fall, and until the end of the following spring.
Repot my kris plant
At the end of the winter every 2 or 3 years, repot your alocasia in a pot slightly larger than the current one, with compost for indoor plants. If you have a beautiful compost well decomposed very woody, very draining, it works too.
Spray my kris plant
In dry weather, spray your plant with soft water, clean the dust on the leaves: it will be all the more beautiful!